E. Coli Concerns Prompt Sterling Pacific Meat to Recall Ground Beef

More than 3,000 pounds of ground beef is being recalled today by Sterling Pacific Meat Co., a City of Commerce, Calif. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the ground beef may be tainted with <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_O157_H7">E. coli O157:H7.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

The products included in this recall are:

Fatburger Brand:

* 20-pound packages of “8 oz. PUCK (80/20) GROUND BEEF PATTIES.”
* 10-pound “2.5 oz. BABY GROUND BEEF PATTIES.”

Stock Yards Brand:

* 12-pound packages of “6 oz ROUND 80 % LEAN PURE GROUND BEEF PATTIES.” Each package bears the identifying case code “13627.”
* 12-pound packages of “(3/1) ROUND 80% LEAN PURE GROUND BEEF PATTY.” Each package bears the identifying case code “13582.”
* 12-pound packages of “(3/1) ROUND 80% LEAN GROUND BEEF PATTIES.” Each package bears the identifying case code “10457” and the pack date “05/18/2009.”
* 12-pound packages of “GROUND BEEF PATTY (8/1) SLIDER 80% LEAN.” Each package bears the identifying case code “13657” and the pack date “05/18/2009.”
* 12-pound packages of “(4/1) ROUND 85% LEAN PURE GROUND BEEF PATTY.” Each package bears the identifying case code “13575” and the pack date “05/18/2009.”
* 12-pound packages of “PURE GROUND BEEF PATTY 7oz WIDE PATTY 80% LEAN.” Each package bears the identifying case code “13520” and the pack date “05/18/2009.”
* 12-pound packages of “PURE GROUND BEEF PATTY (7/1) ROUND PATTY 80% LEAN.” Each package bears the identifying case code “13577” and the pack date “05/18/2009.”
* 11.80-pound packages of “PURE GROUND BEEF PATTIES 7 oz ROUND 80% LEAN.” Each package bears the identifying case code “13520” or “13561” and the pack date “05/18/2009.”

The packages also bear the establishment number “EST. 550″ within the USDA Mark of Inspection and advise “KEEP REFRIGERATED” and/or “KEEP FROZEN.” The ground beef products were produced on May 18, 2009, and were distributed at the wholesale level to food service companies, who further distributed the product to restaurants in Calif. and Ariz.

The USDA has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Media and consumer questions regarding the recall should be directed to the company Vice-President, Luis Munoz, at (323) 838-9400.

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